Category Archives: Single Ingredient Chews

Sweet Potato Chews

Sam's YamsOne of the best alternatives to rawhide, in my opinion, are sweet potato chews.  There are a number of brands and varieties available, but my personal favorite are Sam’s Yams®, made by Front Porch Pets.  Austin and Li’l Girl are absolutely beyond excited when they know they getting a sweet potato chew.  LittleBear wasn’t really an enthusiastic chewhound, but these were one of the few chews even he could be thrilled for.  Being dachshunds, their weight needs to be managed carefully, so they don’t get chews as often as they’d like.  But I can be confident that

Bully Sticks

Bully SticksBully sticks, also known as beef pizzle, bull pizzle, and pizzle sticks, are made from the uncooked, dried penis of a bull or steer.  The bull/steer penis is (or should be) the single ingredient of a bully stick.  Processed correctly, bully sticks should be 100% natural, with no additives or fillers.  Because they are completely digestible, high in protein, and low in fat, bully sticks make an excellent alternative to rawhide.
The idea of consuming a bull penis might sound disgusting to you, but

Trachea Chews

Beef TracheaThe baked or dried trachea of beef, lamb, or venison is proving itself to be an excellent alternative to rawhide.  Because the trachea is more commonly called the windpipe, trachea chews are also known by other nicknames, such as windies, windees, and moo-tubes.  Quality trachea chews are 100% natural, with no artificial additives, flavors, or preservatives.  A really neat feature of trachea chews is that

Lamb Weasands

Lamb WeasandWeasand is another word for esophagus or gullet.  Dried lamb weasands can be an excellent alternative to rawhide, especially for dogs with allergies or those already on lamb-based diet.  The lamb weasands are usually twisted together to form a chew.  Because they are somewhat thin, lamb weasands serve as a chew for small and toy breeds, but more of a jerky-type treat for large breeds, who can often devour them pretty quickly. They range in length, but are usually between

Antler Chews

Elk AntlersDeer, elk, and moose antlers have become very popular alternatives to rawhide. Processed correctly, antlers should be 100% natural, with no additives. When I first discovered antlers as being an option for dogs to chew, I had a lot of questions. So I’ve chosen to write this review in a question and answer format that should (hopefully) cover everything that you might want to know as well.
Edited to add: While antlers can be an excellent, long-lasting chew choice for many dogs, it is important to note that we do not recommend them across-the-board for all dogs. As is explained later, antlers are very hard, and tooth damage is a very real risk.


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